As of Saturday, the fee to leave Costa Rica by air increased $2. The government says it is collecting a fee in addition to the $26 exit tax to pay for luggage inspection for plants and insects.
The inspection includes scanning with an x-ray machine.
The decree that instituted the policy also said that the $2 fee would be charged for persons entering the country at airports. Those entering now as tourists have to pay a $15 arrival tax, so adding an additional $2 would not be difficult, although it is unclear if the new amount is being charged on arrival.
The new fees are based on a presidential decree published in February.
The measure also assesses fees for bulk imports like shiploads of rice or containers of plant products.
There was no explanation why persons entering the country by land are exempt from the tax.